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WA – Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

WA - Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. Comments are also being sought by Standards Australia on its draft Preliminary Impact Analysis regarding the proposed changes to AS 3959. Public comments are to be provided directly through Standards Australia Public Comment online portal by Wednesday 22 November 2017.   Read more at www.commerce.wa.gov.au

VIC – building practitioners need to be aware that it is a legal requirement to maintain minimum clearance at all times between structures and overhead powerline

VIC - The VBA states building practitioners involved in the design, construction or certification of building work need to be aware that it is a legal requirement to maintain minimum clearance at all times between structures and overhead powerlines.  Failure to consider local overhead powerlines before construction begins can result in penalties and expensive project delays, not to mention serious safety risks for property owners, contractors and the public. Read the full VBA release here.

QLD – Queensland building companies operating under high-risk financial circumstances are the target of a new crackdown

QLD - Queensland building companies operating under high-risk financial circumstances are the target of a new crackdown by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett said the State’s building industry regulator was launching a proactive review into licensees who were considerably over their maximum revenue limits. Read more on the QBCC website here.

VIC – The VBA reports record $32.8b building work in Victoria in 2016-17

VIC - The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). - The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). Read more on the VBA website.

VIC – Changes to registration requirements for domestic building work under $10,000

VIC - If you are a domestic builder or draftsperson, you now only need to be registered by the Victorian Building Authority if you want to carry out work costing more than $10,000. That means from now on, consumers only to need check if a practitioner is registered if they have a job quoted as costing over $10,000. Read more on the Victorian Building Authority website here.

QLD – The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August.

QLD - The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August. These matters where identified in the Queensland Building Plan discussion paper that was released for consultation earlier this year.  The Property Council along with other industry bodies have been vocal opponents of the proposal to introduce Project Bank Accounts.

NSW – In response to the Grenfell tower fires – The NSW Government’s 10 point plan will expedite a number of fire safety reforms intended to keep families safer in their homes.

NSW - Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire last month. Read the full article and fact sheet here .